PACA is a volunteer driven organization and therefore is always seeking volunteers to serve on committees or help with special activities. The following list is a sample of volunteer opportunities. Many of PACA’s activities emerged from the ideas of individual volunteers. Any suggestions for future activities are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, contact PACA at pacaexdir@gmail.com or fill out the form below:

Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Committees

  • Newsletter.  Research and write articles. Prepare mailings (labels, bulk mailing).
  • Salvage.  Establish warehouse policy; co-ordinate specific salvage projects; help organize/clean warehouse; pull nails.
  • Education.  Help develop PACA’s school and adult education programs.
  • Website.  Provide material or help update.

Heritage Awards.  Research and chose yearly Heritage Award winners; help develop the audio-visual presentation. This is a time-limited (January – April) opportunity to be involved.

Tour volunteer.  PACA sponsors a semi-annual House Tour, traditionally held in the fall. Periodic cemetery tours are held, co-sponsored with Champaign-Urbana Theater Company (CUTC). Special tours, such as the Harwood-Solon House, are occasionally offered. Help plan and develop a tour, research sites, prepare tour brochure, volunteer as a tour docent.

Word processing/data entry.  Help maintain our membership database or help digitize PACA’s inventory of historic preservation records; help scan and organize our slide/photograph collections.

Survey historic neighborhoods.  Help document existing building stock by researching, documenting and photographing individual properties.

Photography.  Visually document historic buildings, especially endangered structures, contributing to archival efforts.

Teach a class.  A variety of classes have been hosted and/or sponsored by PACA. These include wood and metal window repair, safe lead paint stripping, and researching historic buildings. Develop and teach a hands-on class using your renovation expertise/experience.

Fund raising.  PACA provides financial support to local preservation efforts. This activity could include preparing grant applications or other fund raising activities.

Salvage Warehouse.  Help serve customers or organize salvaged building materials at the PACA Architectural Salvage Warehouse. Volunteer regularly–Wednesday evening or Saturday morning–or just help out when you have a few spare hours. Generally there are always nails to be pulled, doors to sort and store, light fixtures to organize, and stuff to put away. Plus sweeping, sweeping, sweeping….

Building specific research.  Write nominations of local buildings for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or local landmarks. Local experts can provide guidance.

Contact public officials.  Attend local government meetings to observe or participate. PACA has representation at local Historic Preservation Commissions and other governmental meetings (i.e. Plan Commission, City Council) when preservation issues are on the agenda.

Be a public official.  Represent historic preservation on a governmental committee. There are often openings on Champaign’s and Urbana’s preservation and plan commissions. Run for city council with historic preservation as part of your platform.

Give professional advice.  PACA volunteers with special professional skills provide in-kind services. Examples of valuable knowledge include legal, real estate, financial, architectural, engineering and specific building trades.

Special event helper.  PACA often volunteers at other local organizations’ events such as the WILL Telethon, Taste of C-U, and local home shows. PACA co-sponsors the annual Kids’ Building Fair, which offers another volunteer activity. Other occasional volunteer opportunities include planning the PACA Annual Meeting (Spring) and Annual membership party (Fall).

Salvage volunteers.  The PACA salvage warehouse is run by volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a salvage volunteer, please call PACA (359-7222), e-mail (pacaexdir@gmail.com), or stop by the warehouse to sign up. Volunteers are needed for specific salvage projects, periodically to organize and clean the warehouse, or as scheduled sales “associates.” Currently, there are no large-scale salvage projects scheduled. However, salvage projects are often last minute, “can you help today” types of jobs. If you are interested in volunteering and have a flexible schedule, please consider signing up.

Other.  Propose a special project of your own!